Herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV-1) is one of the most common human pathogens in existence, present in approximately 40–90% of the population worldwide.
The creature, known as the puss caterpillar, measures just under an inch and a half, including the fur-like venomous spines it has on its body.
The research also sheds light on traumatic brain injuries.
A police K-9 search of the area did not turn up any bombs.
Artist Jim Sanborn knew that some of the world's greatest intelligence officers of the time would be passing by his piece every day, so he decided to create a work of art that would challenge them.
Many other statues have been the target of similar vandalism, with some protesters outright toppling them, as demands for greater racial sensitivity become more vocal throughout the US.
The monument stood along Richmond's Monument Avenue, which is lined statues of several prominent Confederate figures. The city served as capital of the Confederacy for almost all of the war.
The child survived, and everyone was evacuated safely. However, Richmond's police chief was visibly shaken, holding back tears describing the scene at a press conference on Sunday.
Cantwell is one of about 25 defendants in a lawsuit filed against the organizers of the 2017 neo-Nazi “Unite The Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The rally is scheduled for the Martin Luther King Day holiday on Monday to protest gun control measures proposed by the state legislature and its new Democratic majority.